What is the best bedding for rabbits?

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  1. cathy

    cathy Moderator

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    Rabbit lovers,please share your ownership experience with us. Let us know the age of your bunnies,the breed(s) (if known), the length of time and the type of bedding they have been exposed to while in your care.

    Cathleen
    Director customer service PetsWarehouse
     
  2. Randi

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    Name: Pinto Bean (Pinto, for short)

    Breed: English Spot

    Bedding: Pine, I've had him since 12/8, but he's been on pine for 3 years
     
  3. ash

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    For Christmas this year I bought a Netherland Dwarf for my daughter (from breeder, not petshop). His name was Micky, she changed it to buttercup. He is three and will be four in March. He use to show, but because of a tiny dot in his eye he was retired. He is very sweet!! I use the same litter as the breeder and that is wood fuel pellets. Ash
     
  4. annatripodi

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    Timothy hay or alfalfa hay is probably the safest bet! Mine love it.
     
  5. bunnievixen

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    I have been involved with rabbits for about six years now, and have worked in a rabbitry as well as kept them myself. My current lineup:

    1. Bun, Male English Spot, 6 years old
    2. Wishkah, Spayed Female New Zealand/Chinchilla cross, 4 years old
    3. Kuma, Neutered Male English Spot, 2 years old
    4. Hannah, Spayed Female English Spot, 3 and a half years old
    5. Baby Bun, Neutered Male English Spot, 4 or 5 years old

    And there was Cinnamon, Spayed Female New Zealand/Chinchilla cross, 3/99 - 6/02.

    Rabbit urine is rather potent, and can easily overwhelm an indoor space. For my rabbit's litterpans I have tried newspaper, corncob litter, clay, Carefresh, pelleted aspen, a pellet called Cell-sorb plus, and Yesterday's news rabbit litter.

    The winner of this contest hands down was the Yesterday's news. It is absorbant and controls the odors marvellously. The downside was that it was expensive. However, the Yesterday's News cat litter (unscented, regular texture) is the exact same product for a better value (about three times the poundage for the money!) so now I buy the 30lb bags of that.

    At the rabbitry, they used to use pine shavings, but I would not recommend using aromatic softwoods like pine or cedar because as many people are aware, both have been linked to liver problems in rabbits. My choice for wood shavings is aspen, which I use for my hamsters, but would not use for my rabbits since they urinate much more (and I don't find wood shavings to have that much absorbancy).

    Emma
     
  6. Victoria

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    I have 2 Dwarf/Dutch type rabbits. Just guessing because of their appearence. They are about 5 months old. One is a seal point color & the other is all grey. They are rescues. I have had them for about 2 months. I use 3 way hay or Timothy hay for the bedding.
    Victoria
     
  7. calico23

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    I have a holland lop, 9 month old girl, and I use swheat scoop small animal litter and LOVE it. no way am I ever going back to another kind of bedding because this stuff is amazing! lol is clumping so its easy to clean, it is completly safe, and all natural, it is litterally made of wheat the natural enzymes eliminate odor not mask it, and the natural starches clump the litter, it is certified flushable, and biodegradable. no chemicals or added preservitives, its completly safe for your bunny to much on because well its wheat. lol I love the stuff!

    shayna and the mighty big crew!

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    smudge(piggie) and Kari(rabbit)
     
  8. angelshelper81

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    Eep, calico! I hope you don't let your bunny run around with any guinea pigs. Their big back legs are so strong that they can KILL a guinea pig, by accident, if they get startled and kick or stomp.
     

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